The Natural History Museum

One of Britain’s most historic buildings invests in modern fire alarm technology.

The Natural History Museum is an iconic landmark of not only London, but the United Kingdom. This heritage site recently benefited from a full life safety system upgrade, completed by Pacific Fire and Security.

Heritage project

The Natural History Museum is the home of renowned, well-loved collections of life and earth specimens, including numerous artefacts collected by Charles Darwin. Pacific were required to work around many obstacles posed by this heritage site when completing the full fire system upgrade. In addition, to retain maximum protection of irreplaceable collections, it was important that the changeover was done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Located in Kensington’s Museum Quarter, the Grade 1 Listed building comprises seven blocks, including the original Waterhouse Building, the Earth Galleries, the Palaeontology block and the twin Darwin Centres.

Pacific installed a network of 24 MxPro5, intelligent, multiprotocol panels from Advanced, plus remote control terminals, BMS interface and a bespoke PC graphical user interface. The network was designed, configured and commissioned by Pacific.

When planning the design and installation for a building of this calibre, it was important that the new system encompassed high performance, quality and ease of use. The system also needed to offer backwards compatibility with some of the loop devices already pre-installed onsite.

Pacific Fire Designed the system to work with Apollo protocol devices.

Mission Accomplished

The Natural History Museum was one of Pacific’s most challenging projects to date, with consideration to timescale, heritage features and public facing nature. However, the team worked competently around these requirements.  They delivered a highly- detailed installation, worked to set timescales and out of hours, and now provide an aftercare service that includes a dedicated onsite engineer.